Halloween is a monthlong celebration of everything that creeps and crawls, and southwest Kansas is no exception. From pumpkin patches to kid-friendly scares to adult balls and bashes, Finney County and its neighbors have plenty to do in the weeks leading up to the holiday.

Here’s your guide to some of the area’s best spooky events and attractions this month.

 

Pumpkin Paradise

What: The expansive pumpkin patch offers a wealth of activities, including a large and kiddie corn maze, pumpkin catapult demonstration, play area, human foosball game, wagon rides, duck races and a patch with 200 varieties of pumpkins, gourds and squash from all over the world.

When: 2 to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October

Where: 1855 Road 100, Sublette

Ages: Open to all ages

Cost: $5 admission; $2 extra for wagon rides and duck races. Children ages 0-2 are free. Cash and check only.

Contact: (620) 668-5680.

 

Wild West Zombie Paintball

What: Guests can ride a “zombie trailer” equipped with loaded paintball guns and embark on an after-dark scary shootout of targets and live, lurking zombies. Don’t worry — the zombies don’t shoot back. Visitors also can enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallow-roasting for free and hot dogs, soda and T-shirts for purchase.

When: Fridays and Saturdays in October. Guests can line up at dusk, but rides don’t begin until dark.

Where: HorseThief Reservoir, 19005 SW Kansas Highway 156, near Jetmore

Ages: Open to all ages, with parents’ discretion

Cost: $15 per person

Contact: Call (620) 253-8464. The event is organized by the Friends of HorseThief Reservoir.

 

Rocky Horror Picture Show

What: Madness will take its toll at the Finney County Public Library's wild, interactive screening of the cult film. Costumes are encouraged, and props will be provided.

When: 10 p.m. Oct. 12

Where: Finney County Public Library, 605 E. Walnut St., Garden City

Ages: 18 and older. Attendees must show their ID at the door.

Cost: Free

Contact: Call the library at (620) 272-3680.

 

Floating Pumpkin Patch

What: Guests have to dive before they decorate at Lakin’s floating pumpkin patch, where visitors fish pumpkins out of the city’s indoor pool and then deck them out on nearby tables.

When: 2 p.m. Oct. 14

Where: Lakin Swimming Pool, 111 W. Russell Road, Lakin

Ages: Open to all ages

Cost: $10 per pumpkin

Contact: Call the City of Lakin at (620) 355-6252.

 

Boo at the Zoo

What: Candy, creatures and a journey through a graveyard are staples of this year’s spooktacular trick-or-treat trail at Lee Richardson Zoo. For an added price, guests can enter the world of Harry Potter, visiting Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, the Hogwarts Express and the Forbidden Forrest, where they can ward off dementors with magic wands.

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20

Where: Lee Richardson Zoo, 312 E. Finnup Drive, Garden City

Ages: Open to all ages

Cost: In advance: $5. At the gate: $10. Children ages 0-2 are free. Hogwarts Express passes: $5.

Contact: The Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo, (620) 276-6243 or director@folrz.com.

 

Pumpkin Hunt

What: The family-friendly event lets young children hunt for small pumpkins with prizes inside, like an Easter egg hunt for Halloween.

When: 5 p.m. Oct. 24

Where: T-ball field next door to the Sublette Rec Center, 406 Wallace Ave., Sublette

Ages: Pre-school and kindergarten-aged children and their families

Cost: Free

Contact: Call the center at (620) 675-8211.

 

The Fall Finale

What: Candy will rain from the sky and children can fly through the air at Scott City’s Fall Finale. Free lunch, hayrides, pumpkin decorating and face painting will coincide with free Young Eagle plane rides for teenagers and children and a 5 p.m. candy drop, where candy will fall from planes to the tarmac. For an added price, guests can go tandem skydiving or ride in a Beech 18.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27

Where: Scott City Municipal Airport, 300 Mesquite, Scott City

Ages: 8 to 18 for Young Eagle rides, 18 and older for skydiving. All other activities are open to all ages.

Cost: Free. Pricing for skydiving and Beech 18 rides to be determined.

Contact: Call Spencer Flight and Education Center at (620) 872-3000. Wheatland Electric is also organizing the event.

 

Samy’s Halloween Party

What: The adult party will offer Halloween cocktails, unveil a haunting new drink and give away a $100 cash prize for best male, female and couple costumes.

When: 9 p.m. Oct. 27

Where: Samy’s Spirits and Steakhouse, 1911 Kansas Ave., Garden City

Ages: 21 and older

Cost: Free

Contact: Call Samy’s at (620) 275-7471.

 

Haunted Halloween Ball and Ghost Tours

What: For a more adult night out, swing by the Red Rock Experience & Venue, an abandoned Ulysses elementary school turned ghost hunting site. The ball will have dancing, drinks, tarot card and palm readers, a DJ and a cash prize costume contest. Those who purchase tickets in advance will be entered into a drawing for a free paranormal investigation ticket.

When: 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Oct. 27

Where: The Red Rock Experience & Venue, 10468 E. Highway 160, Ulysses

Ages: 18 and older

Cost: In advance: $7 for ages 21 and older and $12 for ages 18 to 20. At the door: $12 for 21 and older and $15 for 18 to 20.

Contact: Call the Red Rock Experience & Venue at (620) 356-1039. The venue will also host Saturday Night Ghost Hunts Oct. 6, 13 and 20, with doors opening at 9:30 p.m. Call or visit their Facebook page for costs per hour.

 

Dia de los Muertos Festival

What: Food, music, performances, local art vendors and free arts and crafts activities will ring in the Day of the Dead in Garden City this year.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 28

Where: Stevens Park, 502 N. Main St., Garden City

Ages: Open to all ages

Cost: Free

Contact: Call Garden City Arts at 620-260-9700.

 

5K/1-mile Zombie Run/Walk

What: Runners are encouraged to dress up for the 5K and 1-mile kids’ fun run.

When: 6 p.m. Oct. 29

Where: Grant County Swimming Pool, 204 E. Wheat Ave., Ulysses

Ages: Open to all ages

Cost: $10 for children 14 and younger, $20 for adults, $50 for a family of four and $10 for the 1-mile fun run.

Contact: Call the Grant County Recreation Commission at (620) 356-4233.

 

Haunted House at the Museum

What: The Stanton County Museum presents a classic haunted house aimed at younger visitors, but open to everyone.

When: Dark, Oct. 29

Where: Stanton County Museum. 104 E. Highland Ave., Johnson City

Ages: Open to all ages

Cost: $2 per person

Contact: Call the museum at (620) 492-1526.

 

Bellwether Barn and the Haunted Halloween Corn Maze

What: There’s plenty to do at the rustic barn north of Scott City, including a pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay ride, kid’s train, bounce house, corn truck and giant slide. For an added price, guests can get glitter tattoos and paint pumpkins. On Halloween night, figures will jump out at guests as they navigate the haunted corn maze.

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays in October (closed Oct. 27) and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays in October. The Haunted Halloween Corn Maze will be open 9 to 11 p.m. Oct. 31.

Where: 10311 Kansas Highway 95, Scott City

Ages: Open to all ages

Cost: General admission: $10. Haunted Halloween Corn Maze: $8. Children 0-2 are free.